Buhari rejects maritime varsity bill, one other

Buhari rejects maritime varsity bill, one other

- The bill seeking the creation of Nigeria Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta state has been rejected by President Buhari

- Buhari cited lack of funds for the project as one of the reason for declining assent

- The president also refused to sign the Institute of Chartered Biochemist and Molecular Biologist bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has declined to sign the bill seeking the creation of Nigeria Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta state.

The decision to reject assent to the bill was sent to the Senate in a letter on Thursday, May 30, Daily Sun reports.

The president said the major reason he has declined signing the bill is because of the lack of fund for such project.

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He said: “I am declining my assent to the bill because the funding provisions are grossly excessive and will disrupt the operation of a number of government agencies and institutions.”

In a related instance, Buhari also rejected the assent to the Institute of Chartered Biochemist and Molecular Biologist Bill.

A part of the letter read: “Pursuant to Section 58 (4) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, I hereby convey to the Senate my decision on 25th May 2019 to decline presidential assent to the Institute of Chartered Biochemist and Molecular Biologist Bill 2019.

“I am declining my assent to the bill because there is already an existing chartered institute biochemist of Nigeria established pursuant to CAP 1(12) laws of the Federation of Nigeria which has a similar mandate and function to the proposed Chartered Biochemist and Molecular Biologist.

“The rejection letter further stated that section 11 a and g and sections 12 and 13 (1, 2 and 3) conflict with mandate and functions of the National Universities’ Commission.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Senate on Wednesday, April 17, passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) a second time, after Buhari declined assent to the bill.

This followed presentation of the bill at plenary by the leader of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan.

The upper chamber equally passed six other bills that were hitherto passed and vetoed by Buhari. The passage of the bills followed clause-by-clause consideration by Committee of the Whole.

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